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Possessor Uncut

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Extremely graphic, bloody, violent sci-fi/horror story.

Movie NR 2020 103 minutes
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Directed by Brandon Cronenberg, son of the legendary David, this graphic sci-fi/horror story doesn't have anything terribly unique to say, but it's certainly told in a powerfully disturbing way. Disappointingly, Possessor Uncut really doesn't go very far into exactly how its body-possessing technique actually works, and it doesn't seem very practical; it requires painful, bloody holes drilled in heads and constant adjusting to keep everything in sync. Likewise, the ultimate goal of murdering the CEO and his daughter is largely pointless compared to Tasya's bizarre, soul-threatening journey.

The younger Cronenberg sets a challenge for himself to find ways to visualize Tasya's inner torment. A powerful and timely opening sequence gets things off with a gut-punch. Possessor Uncut also uses unexpected colors and patterns throughout, disturbing make-up effects (melting flesh, etc.), and, every so often, a disorienting, flashing strobe-light effect (sensitive viewers probably shouldn't watch this). Riseborough really commits to her deeply physical, punishing performance; she's in so deep that it's possible to feel her presence even when you're watching Abbot. Veteran actor Leigh (who was also in David Cronenberg's eXistenZ) matches Riseborough, providing a bit of sinister backstory for the assassin business with nothing more than the tone of her voice.

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